Archive | May, 2016


What Scares Political Insiders? Losing their influence

A common critique by political insiders of the new and growing  transpartisan (1) third parties  is that because these new parties typically don’t take positions on hot button issues, and instead  focus on process and seeking positions of consensus, that they therefore  “don’t stand for anything.” These critics are missing the forest from the trees. […]

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Independent Party Turnout Breakdown

The Oregon Secretary of State office reported the primary election turnout rate for the May primary were: Democratic party 66.3%; Republican Party 57.6%; Independent Party 36%; and for non affiliated voters it was 19.8%. That made some sense, taking into account the excitement of the Presidential race among Democrats, the lack of a POTUS race […]

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Clinton Supporters: Change votes Not Hearts

“I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” – Hillary Clinton to Black Lives Matters activists If Clinton supporters want to attract Sanders supporters and independent voters, many are going about it the wrong way. The way NOT to do it […]

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Is the Democratic coalition “frack”-turing?

The two arguably strongest factions of the Democratic Party could be heading for a showdown, according to an article in the New York Times. Environmentalists and trade unions continue to be at loggerheads over issues such as the Keystone pipeline, resource extractions industries and programs, and here in Oregon issues such as the Columbia River […]

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States Participating in Independent Convention May 10, 2016 (1)

Independent Convention being planned

Press released From the Independent Party of Oregon May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016 – Leaders of the Independent Party of Oregon and the Independence Party of Minnesota have reached a “broad strokes” agreement on joining together to form a national coalition of non-partisan, moderate and centrist third parties.  The parties will convene a national tele-conference […]

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Teri Antkowiak Grier

Teri Antkowiak Grier runs write in campaign for IPO nod in HD-9

Caddy McKeown (Representative HD-9 – Dem) expected an easy re-election path in November. After all, she was the incumbent and no Republican or Independent Party candidates had filed for the seat. But that recently changed as Teri Antkowiak Grier is mounting a write in campaign seeking both the Democratic and Independent nomination. Ms. Antkowiak Grier’s […]

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